February 18, 2015

New Year, New Notary Rules 2015

A new year usually means new notary laws in California and 2015 was not any different. I would love to be a fly on the wall when the lawmakers in Sacramento decide to enact new notary laws. They come across as arbitrary because there is little communication between the Secretary of State and California notaries. Instead of being notified by the Secretary of State about new laws I tend to find out via notary forums.

This year the California legislators decided to add additional wording to all acknowledgment and jurat certificates. The new certificates must include a disclaimer in an enclosed box before the venue information of state and county. There was no reason given as to why the change was necessary, but I was forced to throw out perfectly good pre-printed forms that are now useless.

2015 California Notary Disclaimer

To be ready for January 1, 2015, I created my own form and printed about 50 to keep in my notary bag. I also purchased a stamp with the new wording to use when applicable.

If you are a California notary be sure to use the latest notary certificates, and if you need a document notarized make sure your notary uses the correct acknowledgment or jurat or you run the risk of your document being rejected if it is being recorded or Apostilled.